Earlier this morning Tauranga policewomen jumped in a waka and paddled their way across Pilot Bay with a special baton to celebrate 75 years of women in blue.

To mark the occasion and pay tribute to pioneering female police officers torch relays, which started at opposite ends of the country, have been making their way towards Wellington - travelling by any means necessary.

The torch, one half of a special illuminated torch, arrived in Tauranga at Greerton station last night.

After being paddled from Sulphur Point to Pilot Bay, the torch was carried up Mauao. Later this afternoon it would be peddled by pushbike to Papamoa station before travelling down the Strand to Tauranga station.